Candidate Profile
Jerome Tilghman

Non-Partisan , Texas


Jerome Tilghman
El Paso ISD School Board Dist. 5

Panel Rating*

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Selected Contributions


Local, County, and District Democratic Organizations (2018)







Other Information

Party Primary and Local Election Voting History for Jerome Leander Tilghman during time of residence in district and/or at current address:

  • 2020 Party Primary: Democratic
  • 2018 Party Primary: Democratic
  • Voted in 4 Democratic Primary(ies) and in 1 Republican Primary(ies) 1990 - 2016
  • Voted in 4 local elections (School Board and/or Municipal) 2007 – 2019

**Voter history is not considered during panel evaluations.

iVoterGuide asked the question “if elected to school board, what would be your #1 priority?” The candidate responded: “The restoration of confidence and sense of safety, sanitation and security in the public education system as well as addressing who and how we select superintendents”


*The questionnaire was received after the deadline and was not considered in the Panel Evaluations and is for additional educational purposes only.
Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Right to Life

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.


Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not be a resource for instruction or services in the school.



Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

Strongly Agree   

School districts should be able to use taxpayer money for lobbying the state legislature.


Religious Liberty

School districts should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.


At school, students should be able to speak freely and civilly about matters of conscience and faith, including Christianity.


Students should not be allowed to pray in school.



What is the function of the local school board?

• Budget review, approval & audit. • Policy development • Superintendent selection & evaluation. • Policy development • Set tax rate

Who should have the authority to set curriculum and determine resources used in those curricula?

• State Board of Education

Please rate in order the following priorities in relation to the role of a K-12 public school (omitting any that do not apply): Mathematics, Information Technology, Science, Political Activism, Personal Finances, Gender Identity, Physical Fitness, American History, Critical Race Theory, Language Arts, Art & Music, Vocational Learning, Sexuality, Foreign Language, Social Emotional Learning

1. Social-emotional learning 2. Mathematics 3. IT 4. Science 5. Vocational learning 6. US History 7. Physical Fitness 8. Arts & Music 9. Language Arts 10. Financial literacy

Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.


Our state should participate in the nationwide Common Core standards for high-school graduation.


Schools should use Social Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum and resources to teach emotions, values, and relationships.

Strongly Agree   

I support the teaching of the 1619 Project emphasizing slavery and racism as the foundation of American history.


When students are taught courses such as Comprehensive Sex Ed (CSE) or Social Emotional Learning (SEL), they must opt-in with written parental permission.


Parents are the ultimate authority in their child’s education and should be able to freely pursue whatever educational options they deem best for their child.


No healthcare diagnosis or treatment, whether mental, reproductive, or otherwise, should be given to a child without first receiving written consent from the parent.


Who is responsible for teaching sexual education to children, and what is the appropriate age when it should be taught?

Collaboration between parents and professional educators

If you support the teaching of Sex Ed, please answer the following question: Sexual education should include these topics (list all that apply and add your own, if needed) -- Physical and emotional health outcomes; contraceptive methods; consent; abstinence; sexual orientation and gender identity; human anatomy/the reproductive system; abortion methods and side effects; stages of pregnancy and fetal development; sex acts and pleasures of sex

Physical and emotional health outcomes


No school official should be involved in the sexual transitioning of a student. All issues on this subject should be referred to the parents of the student.

Strongly Agree   

Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality that is necessary for our system of limited government.


Teachers should not use alternative names and pronouns without parental permission.


Therapy for children who have unwanted same-sex attraction should be banned.


I support allowing students to use public restrooms, showers, and changing rooms, and to participate in athletic competition based on the gender with which they identify instead of biological sex.


Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.



Why are you running for this office?

•To do a safe return to in person learning while ensuring maximum efficiency under the hybrid model so student are adequately prepared for matriculation. • Ensure a quality selection process for superintendent position. • Uphold teacher and support personnel contracts that strengthen benefits. • Full audit of fiscal policy and budget execution • Encourage greater taxpayer participation in voting and making district policy.

A candidate's personal moral values should not be relevant when considering a candidacy for elective office.


Which of the 11 objectives specified in the Texas Education Code is your highest priority?

Equal educational services and opportunities

What books have had the most profound impact on your view of life?

Facts-based, history books.

What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?

17 year teacher in secondary and post secondary education; DOD schools Advisor overseas

Considering all issues (social, economic, national security, etc.), which of these best describes you?


Please defend your answer to the previous question by referencing your publicly available track record.

Posted,publicly accessible platform positions as a candidate for public office. • Professional writer for preeminent local newspapers.

Have you ever been convicted of a felony or been penalized for sexual misconduct? If so, please explain.


Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

21 year career army officer. Elected public spokesperson for issues dealing with positive social change.

2nd Amendment

Teachers who are licensed to carry should be allowed to carry guns at school.


Other Important Issues

Do you support mandatory vaccinations for children attending public school?



  • WESTERN KENTUCKY U, Bowling Green,KY, MA, 1986
Work & Military
  • United States Army, Major, 21
  • Veterans At Breakfast, President
  • Committed to Redirecting Youth, Chairman
  • Somos Caballeros, Sponsor
  • Precinct Chair, Held 4
  • Congressional District 16

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